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Question 1 Do lycra garments improve function and movement in children with cerebral palsy?
  1. J E Coghill1,
  2. D E Simkiss2
  1. 1SpR Neonatology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2Health Sciences Research Institute, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr J E Coghill, SpR Neonatology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK; joanna.coghill{at}

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The mother of a 5-year-old boy with athetoid cerebral palsy complains of difficulties putting his Lycra suit on each day. She is keen to know if it actually helps improve his function and movement.

Structured clinical question

In children with cerebral palsy (population), do Lycra garments (intervention) improve function and posture (outcome)?

Search strategy

The search was performed in October 2009.

Primary sources

Medline, EMBASE and CINAHL were searched with the terms ‘cerebral palsy’ (as keyword and exploded MESH term) AND ‘Lycra’ (as keyword and exploded MESH term ‘splints’ and ‘clothing’ from search tree).

Limits were human, English language, age (0–18 years). Only papers from 1990 onwards were searched as Lycra splints/suits were only developed in early 1990s.

Secondary sources

The Cochrane Library yielded no relevant results.

Search outcome

No systematic reviews were …

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